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May 08, 2007

Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 05.08.07

How To Run A Spaceport, With Spaceport America's Rick Homans

ANN Daily Touch N Go: 05.08.07 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.08.07 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature -- All About Spaceport America: 05.08.07 (ANN Special Feature, with Rick Homans, newly-appointed Executive Director of Spaceport America.)

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NASA'S Phoenix Lander Crosses The Mississippi

Has A Longer Trip Scheduled For August

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander took a little trip Monday, crossing the US from Colorado to Florida's Kennedy Space Center onboard a USAF C-17 cargo plane. The probe will undertake a much longer journey in August, when NASA is scheduled to send the oft-delayed spacecraft to the Red Planet.

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ANN Exclusive First Look: Thunderbirds Soar Over KSC For 1st Time In 31 Years

The T-Birds Check Out KSC For This Fall's MASSIVE World Space Expo

Thanks to our good friends at the World Space Expo, ANN has just been given the first shots of a USAF Thunderbird proving flight over Kennedy Space Center, in preperation for their performances this fall. The USAF Thunderbirds flight over NASA's Kennedy Space Center is their first in 31 years, was conducted to to make ready for their shows at the World Space Expo this November 3-4, 2007. 

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Steep Angle On Instrument Approach Suspected In C550 Accident

NTSB Prelim Expected Within A Week

A National Transportation Safety Board investigator assigned to Thursday's Citation 550 crash in Dillon, MT suspects the pilot was attempting an instrument landing in overcast skies and came in at a steep angle.

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NOTAM Number: FDC 7/0495  Issue Date: May 08, 2007 at 0313 UTC  Location: Minneapolis, 37 NW Grand Marais, Minnesota near ELY VOR/DME (ELO)  Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately  Ending Date and Time: Until further notice  Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting activities  Type: Hazards  Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A  Pilots May Contact: Minneapolis (ZMP) Center, 651-463-5580 

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NOTAM Number: FDC 7/0580 Issue Date: May 08, 2007 at 1632 UTC Type: Hazards

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KS TFR: 05.09.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/0599 Issue Date: May 08, 2007 at 1716 UTC Location: Wichita/Greensburg, Kansas Beginning Date and Time: May 09, 2007 at 1315 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 09, 2007 at 1935 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement Type: VIP Replaced NOTAM(s): 7/0551: Change due to times

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NJ TFR: 05.10.07 - 05.13.07

NOTAM Number: FDC 7/0602 Issue Date: May 08, 2007 at 1720 UTC Location: McGuire AFB, New Jersey near ROBBINSVILLE VORTAC (RBV) Beginning Date and Time: May 10, 2007 at 1900 UTC Ending Date and Time: May 13, 2007 at 2100 UTC Reason for NOTAM: Aerial demonstrations by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and other teams Type: Airshow Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A Pilots May Contact: McGuire AFB (WRI) Air Traffic Control Tower, 609-754-8599

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Five Lost In Nevada SH-60F Mishap

Helo Struck Power Line In Desert

US Navy officials confirm an SH-60F Sea Hawk helicopter struck a power line during a training flight Monday night, and crashed in a remote area of northern Nevada. All five crewmembers onboard were lost.

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Columbia Aircraft Recalls First Wave Of Furloughed Employees

Expects Remaining Workers To Be Recalled In Stages

Six weeks after Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing announced a significant restructuring effort -- including what the company stressed would be the temporary furlough of 185 employees -- the Bend, OR planemaker announced the first wave of those employees will return to work this week.

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Improvements Progressing At Perry-Houston County Airport

New Hangar, Landing System Projects Begun

The Perry-Houston County Airport Authority in Macon, GA has begun moving on two major projects years in the planning: a new, larger hangar, and installation of glideslope equipment.

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NASA Awards Contracts For Orion Heat Shield Material

Agency Seeks Reliable Backup Options

NASA announced Friday it selected The Boeing Company and Textron Systems to develop alternate heat shield materials for the Orion crew exploration spacecraft.

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Emirates Makes It Official, Orders Four More A380s

Airbus Calls Deal "A Huge Vote Of Confidence"

It's not for as many planes as Airbus probably hoped, but the European planemaker isn't complaining. On Monday, Dubai-based Emirates confirmed it would buy four more A380 superjumbo airliners, building on its original 43-plane order. The orders came after Airbus reassured its largest A380 customer it would compensate the carrier for a two-year delay in receiving its first plane.

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Vietnam Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing

Passenger Vomits Bags Of White Powder

An Australia-bound Vietnam Airlines jet was forced to make an emergency landing about an hour after taking off from Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday, when a passenger became ill. It wasn't long before those onboard were able to figure out why.

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Gee... The G3 Is Another Step In The Right Direction (Part Two)

Another Step In A Very Evolutionary Program

Flight Test Report and Analysis by ANN Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell Read Part One When last we left ANN's Intrepid (or.... is that decrepit?) Editor-In Chief Jim Campbell, he was negotiating a "specially-equipped" Cirrus SR22-GTS G3 through a tricky gravitational vortex near the event horizon of a black hole when he realized that he had yet to finish the promised flight test report on the terrestrial version of Cirrus's new G3 upgrade...

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Former CIA Pilot Wants Government Recognition

Says Vietnam Contract Flyers Owed Federal Benefits

Like other pilots who flew throughout Southeast Asia in the 1950s and 1960s for companies like Air America, Civil Air Transport, and Air Asia, Jack Stiles was actually flying for the Central Intelligence Agency -- although he didn't know it at the time.

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NTSB Prelim Points To Possible Diabetic Episode In VA Tiger Accident

Pilot Told ATC He Was 'Wrestling the Other Guy'

In its preliminary report, the National Transportation Safety Board states a medical emergency may have led to the April 19 downing of a Grumman American AA-5B Tiger while on final approach to Danville Regional Airport in Danville, VA.

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Hawaii Legislature Passes Amended Ethanol Rules

But Proposal Calling For No-Ethanol Fuel On Hold

The Experimental Aircraft Association reports a proposed law in Hawaii that would require state refiners to make ethanol-free autofuel readily available for aviation, marine, and other markets was essentially put on hold last week.

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AOPA Raises Concerns Over Flight Service Headaches

Complaints Mounting Since Lockheed Took Over FSS

Long hold times. Disconnects. Lost flight plans. That certainly doesn't sound like the flight service system of the future... but the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association says, except for isolated areas, that has been the present state of affairs.

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Israeli Passenger's Iran Diversion Ends On Hopeful Note

Scientist Says He Was Treated Very Well

Sometimes, international diplomacy works best when actual governments have nothing to do with it. An Israeli scientist whose plane was forced to make an unscheduled stop in Iran this weekend initially feared the worst... but Benny Medvedev says after some tense moments, his hosts were quite gracious.

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CLE Puts Kibosh On Runway Expansion

Full Extension Not An 'Immediate Priority'

Officials in Cleveland, OH have decided to downsize plans for a runway expansion at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport that was, at one time, deemed critical in CLE's attempt to compete on a global level with additional nonstop international flights.

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RDD Enterprises Becomes Precise Flight Distributor

Offers New Lighting, O2 System Options

RDD Enterprises, LLC told ANN this week about the company's new distribution agreement with Precise Flight Inc., for a new line of products for the experimental aircraft builder.

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Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Tested By Kansas Nat'l Guard

'Ugly, But Functional' Aircraft Has DHS Potential

The Kansas National Guard is currently testing an unmanned aerial aircraft the military uses for cargo and propaganda distribution to determine ways it can be integrated into a variety of other uses.

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New Life For Grounded RAF Chinooks?

Will Ultimately Join Six New Merlins In Afghanistan

Grounded at Royal Air Force Station Odiham for the past five years, eight CH-47 helicopters are now scheduled to be converted for operations to provide military support in Afghanistan.

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EADS Says RAAF KC-30B Program Now In Next Test Phase

One Step Closer To Flight Testing

EADS tells ANN it has successfully completed ground vibration testing of the Royal Australian Air Force’s first KC-30B Multi-role Tanker Transport (MRTT), advancing the program closer to the flight test phase. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.08.07)


This museum celebrates aviation and space flight history, educates the public about the social and historical significance of aerospace technology and its promise for the future, and inspires students to excel in technology, mathematics, and the sciences, while encouraging all visitors to become life-long learners in support of aerospace advancement.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.08.07)

"They're assessing the assessment."

Source: Terri Thomas, president of EAA Chapter 1182 in Hawaii, on the state legislature's decision to hold off on requiring state refiners to make ethanol-free autofuel readily available for aviation, marine, and other markets.

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